Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This week, we worked on translating a passage from "Ovid" that the student's teacher had assigned. Having previously only read prose out of the textbook, encountering a poetic text was a bit unnerving for the student, but we worked through the assigned portion slowly, as I pointed out some of the common features of Latin poetry -- an adjective being separated from its verb, or one line running over into the next. We encountered a subjunctive form that the student had some trouble translating, so we again reviewed the meaning/usage of the jussive subjunctive. Finally, we worked ahead a bit on the translation, as we finished the first part with time left."
"The student and I reviewed her homework. The main focus was on modifying 1st and 2nd declension nouns with 3rd declension adjectives. She was at first a challenged because the endings didn't seem to match up. After we practiced with many examples, she was able to see that although the endings didn't seem to match, they did in fact match in gender, number, and case. She also practiced writing out all the endings for the declensions. She is very good with i-stems."
"We discussed a grammar review his teacher had sent him. He had a couple of questions about particular words and how they should be formed. Then we worked through his first reading assignment. The student has a very good knowledge of grammar forms (he just needs to brush up on the less commonly seen constructions, which will come with time), and he is exactly where he should be with regards to his translation skills."
"The student and I worked to review a number of concepts that were learned during his first semester. These included the present, imperfect, and future tenses of the verb "to be" (which he didn't think he remembered at first, but did very well with when encouraged to take his time and work his way through!), recognizing verbs from the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th declensions (then translated correctly into the active and passive present forms), and a vocabulary game that encouraged him to remember such concepts as matching case, number, and gender between adjectives and verbs and recognizing various cases in different declensions. He has retained much of his Latin from 1st semester which will be critical as he moves forward with the language. I finished our session today by introducing the indirect statement which will be the next tricky concept to be covered in his Latin class. I asked him what he would like to do more of this next year and he has requested that we do more translating of sentences and passages which I am more than happy to do!"
"The student and I spent our session working through Lesson 8. We did complete this lesson at our last session, but he felt that working through it again would be a valuable use of time. His vocabulary has certainly begun to improve and, even when he doesn't know the exact meaning of a word, he has begun to really hone his skills in deducing its meaning based on context and part of speech. He was focused and engaged throughout the session. He maintained a positive attitude and appeared to leave the session with a solid grasp of conditionals."
"The student and I worked on adding notes to the outline for his essay which he will write during his English exam tomorrow. He needed two quotes for each of his three body paragraphs. Together we looked for strong quotes that would support details given in his body paragraphs. His teacher had posted pages on how to lead into his quotes by introducing the speaker's name with a "signal verb" such as states, advises, concludes, etc. We reviewed how to insert quotes into his paper effectively. I believe that he is ready to write an essay tomorrow with a solid thesis and well developed topic sentences with strong details."